This new joint initiative will aim to improve the health and vitality of youth across Cumberland County by creating safe and convenient sports opportunities for all. The ‘Sticks for Students’ program will equip six recreational league partners with proper tools and resources to develop a robust lacrosse curriculum, including instructional videos and various sports equipment for student use. Through the program, students in Cumberland County will improve their physical health, develop character and life skills, and gain academic performance benefits.
“At Inspira Health, our commitment to delivering safe, high-quality care extends far beyond the walls of our health centers,” said Amy B. Mansue, president and CEO of Inspira Health. “We are thrilled to continue our partnership with the Philadelphia Wings for this initiative to foster the well-being of our youth here in Cumberland County and in surrounding communities. I am confident that through the ‘Sticks for Students’ program we will make a lasting impact through the sport of lacrosse.”
To further introduce and grow the sport of lacrosse, as part of the program, Wings players and Wings mascot Wingston, will visit each of the six recreational league partners and host interactive assembly programs for students. Additionally, each location will receive tickets and transportation to a Wings game as an incentive for students to commit to healthy habits and practice lacrosse.
“Inspira’s mission and commitment to the South Jersey community aligns with our team’s goals to break down barriers and make lacrosse a household sport,” said Marc Zamarin, Philadelphia Wings president. “We are thrilled to have Inspira as the sponsor for the ‘Sticks for Students’ program and look forward to our continued partnership in the years to come.”
Inspira and the Wings held a press conference on October 16 to announce this collaborative initiative. ‘Sticks for Students’ represents a significant step towards democratizing sports access, ensuring that regardless of economic circumstances, every child is afforded an equitable opportunity to engage, acquire skills, and flourish.